UPDATE: FIRE IN CENTRAL YEREVAN EXTINGUISHED

RIA Novosti, Russia
May 30 2006

(Adds details, corrects GMT)

YEREVAN, May 30 (RIA Novosti) - A fire that affected a residential
area in the center of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, Tuesday has been
put out, emergency services said.

"The fire that swept five small houses was extinguished at 4.55 p.m.
[12.55 p.m. GMT], and there are no victims," Ara Movsisyan, senior
spokesman for the rescue service, said.

Earlier spokesman Nikolai Grigoryan said a fire alarm had gone off
at about 4 p.m. local time (12:00 p.m. GMT) and eight fire engines
had been summoned to the site in the Kond district.

Firefighters experienced difficulties in extinguishing the blaze
because fire engines could not pass easily through narrow streets
and an accident the municipal water supply meant that pressure in
the hoses could not be increased.